My lifelong love of leopard & cougar prints

Do you have a certain type of fabric print or style that you have always loved? For me, it’s always been leopard print. Or maybe it’s cougar print?

Today my dad sent me an old photo of myself at age 14. It suddenly struck me that I’ve been wearing leopard prints almost for my entire life. Well, actually, since about age 12, when I fell in love with a 1940’s vintage leopard coat that my mom had kept from a brief turn as a vintage clothing dealer. I know it’s not every one’s cup of tea, and maybe it’s a little tacky……but I seem to be drawn to the boldness and kitchiness of it.

I wore it as a fourteen year old punkette in the 80’s….Kenmore St '83 corr @

A twenty one year old fashion student/ girl about town in the early 90’s…. I was actually wearing that same outfit when I met my husband. I wore that outfit a lot.J & Jennie

A  toned down young mother…..meinleopardfamilymeleopardyoungmom

I dressed my kids in it…..Isabelle&Oliverlilyinleopard

Wearing it in my thirties at my friend’s bachelorette weekend in Vegas…. Wow they had some legs, didn’t they?

meinleopardinvegasleopardcroptop3And here I am still wearing my beloved leopard print, now in my forties. I wear the skirt often, but both pieces together are just a wee bit…cougarish!!

How about you? Is there a particular print that you’ve been drawn to in your life?

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  1. Lora Cotton says

    Hello from a fellow cougar (print) lover!!! Leopard/Cougar whichever it is is my all time fave print. Heck even my wallet is that print!!! I’m in my fifties, so wear on little sister!!!! LOL!!

  2. joli c. simmons says

    I enjoyed reading your post about your love of leopard or cougar prints.
    I must say I am also partial to them but I can be picky when it comes to choosing the right ones.
    Sometimes the prints (leopard) doesn’t look right. Too fake looking. I have a few leopard print
    scarves that I gravitate to and two pair of shoes -wedge and a loafer. Adds a little “punch” to the almost always neutral or black clothing I wear most of the time.

  3. says

    I love leopard too!! I’ve always felt comfortable wearing it, even though my style isn’t super colorful or wild. I wear lots of neutrals and mix sparkly bold jewelry or belts and leopard print seems to mix well with everything. Cute pics!!

  4. says

    I love each leopard shot you have there. Ready for my confession, I’ve never ever worn any animal print, ever. I think I’m chicken, but I always admire leopard on other people!

    • justine says

      I remember a big paisley craze in junior high. I had a vest. It’s one of those prints I love but haven’t really worn much.

  5. says

    I enjoyed your post..Loved seeing the photos of you [and the leopard print , is great]/. I was amazed at how much Gigi looks like you in your 14 yr old photo..
    All your kids are adorable… \
    Have a great day.

  6. nothy lane says

    I love plaids of all types and I love polka dots too. I find I sew more with patterned fabric but that I end up wearing more solids…